Current data is through December 2019.

Exports: Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands

Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands, the No. 648 export by value totaled $9.62 million for the month of December, $145.03 million in 2019, and $159.95 million for all of 2018, the latest annual data available, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. Need more details? Read more

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Top Markets

RankCountry2019
1Canada$76.62 M
2Costa Rica$19.08 M
3Mexico$12.55 M
4Chile$7.13 M
5Honduras$4.7 M
6The Netherlands$3.23 M
7Bahamas$3.19 M
8Singapore$2.01 M
9Japan$1.19 M
10United Arab Emirates$1.14 M
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U.S. exports of Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands decreased 9.33 percent through December 2019 to $145.03 million

U.S. exports of Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands decreased 9.33 percent from $159.95 million to $145.03 million in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 648 in 2019 among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 642 for the last full year with a total value of $159.95 million, a $45.42 million, 39.66 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through December of 2019 the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Costa Rica, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Chile and No. 5 Honduras. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of New Orleans, No. 3 Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, No. 4 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Pembina Border Crossing, N.D..

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Costa Rica, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Dominican Republic and No. 5 Chile. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of New Orleans, No. 3 Port of Mobile, Ala., No. 4 Pembina Border Crossing, N.D. and No. 5 Port of Oakland, Calif..

January – December 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $76,623,102
2Costa Rica $19,082,028
3Mexico $12,549,539
4Chile $7,125,462
5Honduras $4,700,052
6The Netherlands $3,226,321
7Bahamas $3,194,024
8Singapore $2,010,537
9Japan $1,187,477
10United Arab Emirates $1,141,960

January – December 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $16,897,106
2New Orleans $4,295,027
3Miami $2,141,666
4Mobile $2,000,000
5Los Angeles $1,948,841
6San Francisco $1,648,061
7Houston $1,502,264
8Great Falls, Mont. $1,149,434
9Laredo $356,346
10Charleston $301,158

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five of 2019 were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 17.28 percent compared to last year to $56.29 million.
  • Port of New Orleans fell 32.05 percent compared to last year to $23.28 million.
  • Port of Corpus Christi, Texas rose 112.47 percent compared to last year to $10.84 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 3876.59 percent compared to last year to $9.15 million.
  • Pembina Border Crossing, N.D. fell 1.78 percent compared to last year to $6.97 million.

There are several hundred airports, seaports and border crossings that handle international trade; they are, in turn, part of the roughly four dozen U.S. Customs districts.

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. exports to No. 1 Canada decreased $10.13 million, 11.67 percent, (52.83 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Costa Rica increased $2.44 million, 14.67 percent, (13.16 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Mexico decreased $758,267, 5.7 percent, (8.65 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Chile increased $3 million, 72.9 percent, (4.91 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Honduras increased $2.69 million, 134.06 percent, (3.24 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 82.8 percent of all these Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets in 2019. That is equal to $120.08 million of the $145.03 million total.

All totaled, 73.46 percent of all these Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports in 2019. That is equal to $106.53 million of the $145.03 million total